1975 in music

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This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1975.

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Led Zeppelin in Chicago, 1975
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Events[edit]

January–April[edit]

May–August[edit]

September–December[edit]

Also in 1975[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart with "Faces" in 1975, the year the band disbanded.

Albums released[edit]

January[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
8Promised LandElvis Presley-
16Forever, MichaelMichael Jackson-
17Blood on the TracksBob Dylan-
-Commoner's CrownSteeleye Span-
Don't Cha Love ItThe Miracles-
Down by the JettyDr. Feelgood-
The First Minute of a New DayGil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson-
FlavoursThe Guess Who-
It's TimeBonnie Bramlett-
MelissaMelissa Manchester-
Never Can Say GoodbyeGloria Gaynor-
New Year, New Band, New CompanyJohn Mayall-
Picture MusicKlaus Schulze-
Play Don't WorryMick Ronson-
Plug Me Into SomethingHenry Gross-
Scorching BeautyIron Butterfly-
Sunday's ChildJohn Martyn-
The Whole Thing Started with Rock & Roll Now It's Out of ControlRay Manzarek-
Urban RenewalTower of Power-

February[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
12Have You Never Been MellowOlivia Newton-John-
15Fly by NightRush-
16Bolan's Zip GunT.Rex-
17High VoltageAC/DCAustralia-only; Debut
21On the LevelStatus Quo-
Rock 'n' RollJohn LennonCovers album
24Physical GraffitiLed Zeppelin-
28YesterdaysYesCompilation
-Changing WomanBuffy Sainte-Marie-
AmbrosiaAmbrosiaDebut Album
Cold on the ShoulderGordon Lightfoot-
Dixie RockWet Willie-
An Evening With John DenverJohn DenverLive
For Earth BelowRobin Trower-
Mad DogJohn Entwistle-
Modern TimesAl Stewart-
Pieces of the SkyEmmylou Harris-
On Your Feet or on Your KneesBlue Öyster CultLive
Really RosieCarole KingSoundtrack
Song for AmericaKansas-
Street RatsHumble Pie-
Then Came YouDionne Warwick-
UnrequitedLoudon Wainwright IIIStudio and live
Visions of the Emerald BeyondMahavishnu Orchestra-
Welcome to My NightmareAlice Cooper-

March[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
7Young AmericansDavid Bowie-
12Chocolate CityParliament-
14Blue JaysJustin Hayward and John Lodge-
15That's the Way of the WorldEarth, Wind & FireSoundtrack
19Dressed to KillKiss-
HeartsAmerica-
21RubyconTangerine Dream-
22BundlesSoft Machine-
SongbirdJesse Colin Young-
24Chicago VIIIChicago-
Nuthin' FancyLynyrd Skynyrd-
25Slow DazzleJohn Cale-
25A Quiet StormSmokey Robinson-
-The Best Years of Our LivesSteve Harley & Cockney Rebel-
Blow by BlowJeff Beck-
Between the LinesJanis Ian-
Desperate StraightsSlap Happy and Henry Cow-
The Dictators Go Girl Crazy!The Dictators-
Duit on Mon DeiHarry Nilsson-
FeelingsPaul Anka-
Feel Like Makin' LoveRoberta Flack-
FramptonPeter Frampton-
Funny LadyBarbra StreisandSoundtrack
The Great FatsbyLeslie West-
I'll Play for YouSeals & Crofts-
JudithJudy Collins-
Just Another Way to Say I Love YouBarry White-
Katy LiedSteely Dan-
Let There Be MusicOrleans-
Lou Reed LiveLou ReedLive
The Original Soundtrack10cc-
The Rotters' ClubHatfield and the North-
Spring FeverRick Derringer-
Sweet DeceiverKevin Ayers-
SwitchGolden Earring-
There's One in Every CrowdEric Clapton-
The Bargain StoreDolly Parton-
TommyVarious ArtistsSoundtrack
Two Sides of the MoonKeith Moon-

April[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
2Straight ShooterBad Company-
8Toys in the AtticAerosmith-
18Fandango!ZZ TopHalf live/half studio
21ABBAABBA-
25StampedeThe Doobie Brothers-
-Ain't Life GrandBlack Oak Arkansas-
The Beau BrummelsThe Beau Brummels-
Beautiful LoserBob Seger-
Diamonds & RustJoan Baez-
DiscothèqueHerbie Mann-
Hair of the DogNazareth-
Hokey PokeyRichard and Linda Thompson-
Ian HunterIan Hunter-
JourneyJourney-
Let's Take It to the StageFunkadelic-
Music Inspired by The Snow GooseCamel-
The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round TableRick Wakeman-
Playing PossumCarly Simon-
StarsCher-
Subtle as a Flying MalletDave Edmunds-
SurvivalThe O'Jays-
Tomorrow Belongs to MeSensational Alex Harvey Band-
USAKing CrimsonLive
Will O' the WispLeon Russell-
Your Mamma Won't Like MeSuzi Quatro-

May[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
1GorillaJames Taylor-
5NewbornJames Gang-
7Once Upon a StarBay City Rollers-
TodayElvis Presley-
9In Praise of LearningHenry Cow-
Warrior on the Edge of TimeHawkwind-
15Moving ViolationJackson 5-
16Soap OperaThe Kinks-
22Adventures in ParadiseMinnie Riperton-
23Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt CowboyElton John-
27Venus and MarsPaul McCartney and Wings-
-America's ChoiceHot Tuna-
ArmageddonArmageddon-
Coming Down Your WayThree Dog Night-
Ernie Sings & Glen PicksTennessee Ernie Ford and Glen Campbell-
Four Wheel DriveBachman–Turner Overdrive-
The Heat Is OnThe Isley Brothers-
Love Will Keep Us TogetherCaptain & Tennille-
New CityBlood, Sweat & Tears-
Red Headed StrangerWillie Nelson-
Return to FantasyUriah Heep-
Ruth Is Stranger Than RichardRobert Wyatt-
Spirit of '76Spirit-
Steppin'Pointer Sisters-
There's No Place Like America TodayCurtis Mayfield-

June[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
6Made in the ShadeThe Rolling StonesCompilation
MetamorphosisThe Rolling StonesOuttakes recorded 1964-'70
10One of These NightsEagles-
13Red OctopusJefferson Starship-
14InitiationTodd Rundgren-
20Tonight's the NightNeil Young & Crazy Horse-
25One Size Fits AllFrank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention-
26The Basement TapesBob Dylan & The BandRecorded 1967-'75
-Cut the CakeAverage White Band-
Dreaming My DreamsWaylon Jennings-
From Every StageJoan BaezLive
Greatest HitsCat StevensCompilation
The Hit ManEddie Kendricks-
HorizonThe Carpenters-
HQRoy Harper-
It's My PleasureBilly Preston-
Jasmine NightdreamsEdgar Winter-
Main CourseBee Gees-
Michael BolotinMichael Bolton-
Rising for the MoonFairport Convention-
StillsStephen Stills-
Trying to Burn the SunElf-
The TubesThe Tubes-
Why Can't We Be Friends?War-

July[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
3Now LookRonnie Wood-
11Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac-
From Mighty OaksRay Thomas-
14TrooperTrooper-
28SabotageBlack SabbathUS
-Ego Is Not a Dirty WordSkyhooks-
Fire on the BayouThe Meters-
Force ItUFO-
Free HandGentle GiantUS
Head over HeelsPoco-
The Higher They ClimbDavid Cassidy-
In the CityTavares-
KC and the Sunshine BandKC and the Sunshine Band-
Metal Machine MusicLou Reed-
OutlawsOutlaws-
Power in the MusicThe Guess Who-
Rhinestone CowboyGlen Campbell-
Ride a Rock HorseRoger Daltrey-
Scheherazade and Other StoriesRenaissance-
Sha Na NowSha Na Na-
StopEric Burdon Band-
This Time We Mean ItREO Speedwagon-

August[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
15Atlantic CrossingRod Stewart-
20DeluxeHarmonia-
22Man-ChildHerbie Hancock-
Nightingales & BombersManfred Mann's Earth Band-
25Born to RunBruce Springsteen-
27Love to Love You BabyDonna Summer-
28The Best of Michael JacksonMichael JacksonCompilation
-Acid QueenTina Turner-
Al Green Is LoveAl Green-
Caught in the ActGrand Funk RailroadLive
Daryl Hall & John OatesHall & Oates-
E.C. Was HereEric ClaptonLive
HoneyOhio Players-
Jamaica Say You WillJoe Cocker-
Mellow MadnessQuincy Jones-
PhoenixLabelle-
Pick of the LitterThe Spinners-
Ritchie Blackmore's RainbowRainbow-
Searchin' for a RainbowThe Marshall Tucker Band-
So FineLoggins & Messina-
Spirit of the BoogieKool & The Gang-
Stamp AlbumClimax Blues Band-
TimewindKlaus Schulze-
Win, Lose or DrawThe Allman Brothers Band-

September[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
1Blues for AllahGrateful Dead-
5Minstrel in the GalleryJethro Tull-
10Alive!KissLive
12FightingThin Lizzy-
Second ChapterDanny Kirwan-
Wish You Were HerePink Floyd-
15Wind on the WaterCrosby & Nash-
Fool for the CityFoghat-
17In TranceScorpions-
22Changing All the TimeSmokie-
Extra Texture (Read All About It)George HarrisonU.S. release. 3 October in U.K.
24Caress of SteelRush-
27Portrait GalleryHarry Chapin-
-Another Green WorldBrian Eno-
Another YearLeo Sayer-
BandolierBudgie-
Bay City RollersBay City RollersCompilation; North America debut
Captured AngelDan Fogelberg-
Face the MusicElectric Light Orchestra-
HotlineThe J. Geils Band-
John FogertyJohn Fogerty-
MasqueKansas-
Maximum DarknessMan-
Prisoner in DisguiseLinda Ronstadt-
Procol's NinthProcol Harum-
The Sound of SunshineThe Sunshine BandInstrumental
Symphonion DreamNitty Gritty Dirt Band-
Ted NugentTed Nugent-
Warner Brothers Presents... Montrose!Montrose-
WaterbedHerbie Mann-
WindsongJohn Denver-
X-RatedBlack Oak Arkansas-

October[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
2Bongo FuryFrank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention with Captain BeefheartLive + some studio tracks
3The Who by NumbersThe Who-
4Rock of the WestiesElton John-
10Come Taste the BandDeep Purple-
16YouAretha Franklin-
21OmmadawnMike Oldfield-
24Shaved FishJohn LennonCompilation
SirenRoxy Music-
27AngelAngel-
-Against the GrainRory Gallagher-
All Around My HatSteeleye Span-
BreakawayArt Garfunkel-
The Car Over the Lake AlbumThe Ozark Mountain Daredevils-
Dreamboat AnnieHeartCanada; released in US Feb. '76
Flying AgainThe Flying Burrito Brothers-
GodbluffVan der Graaf Generator-
IndiscreetSparks-
Lazy AfternoonBarbra Streisand-
MalpracticeDr. Feelgood-
Mother FocusFocus-
Nighthawks at the DinerTom WaitsLive
Radio-ActivityKraftwerk-
Still Crazy After All These YearsPaul Simon-
Sun and SteelIron Butterfly-
Tryin' to Get the FeelingBarry Manilow-

November[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
7Fish Out of WaterChris Squire-
10ZumaNeil Young & Crazy Horse-
11GratitudeEarth, Wind & Fire-
17Greatest HitsABBACompilation
Schoolboys in DisgraceThe Kinks-
TeaserTommy Bolin-
21A Night at the OperaQueen-
30NumbersCat Stevens-
-The Best of Carly SimonCarly SimonCompilation
Crisis? What Crisis?Supertramp-
Discreet MusicBrian Eno-
Dolly: The Seeker/We Used ToDolly Parton-
Family ReunionThe O'Jays-
Greatest HitsNazarethCompilation
Gulf WindsJoan Baez-
Helen of TroyJohn Cale-
The Hissing of Summer LawnsJoni Mitchell-
History: America's Greatest HitsAmericaCompilation
Hot ChocolateHot Chocolate-
HorsesPatti Smith-
It's Only LoveRita Coolidge-
The Last Record AlbumLittle Feat-
LisztomaniaRick WakemanSoundtrack
MustardRoy Wood-
NomadnessStrawbs-
Northern Lights - Southern CrossThe Band-
Pour Down Like SilverRichard and Linda Thompson-
Pressure DropRobert Palmer-
Rufus featuring Chaka KhanRufus-
Strung UpSweet-
TogetherAnne Murray-
Track of the CatDionne Warwick-
Who's to Bless and Who's to BlameKris Kristofferson-

December[edit]

DayAlbumArtistNotes
1EquinoxStyx-
4Stephen Stills LiveStephen Stills-
12Blast From Your PastRingo StarrCompilation
Marcus GarveyBurning Spear-
-The Best of Top of the Pops '75Top of the PoppersCompilation
Coney Island BabyLou Reed-
Elite HotelEmmylou Harris-
Evening StarFripp & Eno-
Head OnBachman–Turner Overdrive-
Heaven and HellVangelis-
Live!Bob Marley & The WailersLive
Mothership ConnectionParliament-
RicochetTangerine DreamLive
T.N.T.AC/DCAustralia
We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' RollBlack SabbathCompilation
Wouldn't You Like It?Bay City Rollers-

Release Date Unknown[edit]

Biggest hit singles[edit]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1975.

#ArtistTitleYearCountryChart entries
1Billy SwanI Can Help1975United StatesUSA - 1, Netherlands - 1, Austria - 1, Switzerland - 1, Norway - 1, Belgium - 1, New Zealand - 1, Germany - 1, Sweden - 1, Australia - 1, France - 1, Denmark - 1, Canada - 2, South Africa - 3, Ireland - 11
210ccI'm Not In Love1975United KingdomUK - 1, Ireland - 1, Canada - 1, Brazil - 1, USA - 2, France - 2, Australia - 3, New Zealand - 4, Belgium - 5, Netherlands - 5, Norway - 6, Germany - 8, Switzerland - 8, South Africa - 17, Italy - 24
3The SweetFox on the Run1975United KingdomGermany - 1, Australia - 1, South Africa - 1, UK - 2, Canada - 2, Belgium - 2, Netherlands - 2, Norway - 2, Ireland - 2, Austria - 3, New Zealand - 3, Switzerland - 3, USA - 5, Sweden - 10
4Glen CampbellRhinestone Cowboy1975United StatesUSA - 1, Canada - 1, Ireland - 1, Belgium - 1, New Zealand - 2, South Africa - 2, Netherlands - 3, UK - 4, Australia - 5, Sweden - 17, Germany - 31
5George Baker SelectionPaloma Blanca1975NetherlandsNetherlands - 1, Sweden - 1, Austria - 1, Switzerland - 1, Norway - 1, Germany - 1, Belgium - 1, South Africa - 1, Canada - 5, UK - 10, Italy - 11, USA - 26

Chronological table of U.S. and UK number one hit singles[edit]

U.S. number one singles and artist
(weeks at number one)
UK number one singles and artist
(weeks at number one)

"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" - Elton John (2)
"Mandy" - Barry Manilow (1)
"Please Mr. Postman" - The Carpenters (1)
"Laughter in the Rain" - Neil Sedaka (1)
"Fire" - Ohio Players (1)
"You're No Good" - Linda Ronstadt (1)
"Pick Up the Pieces" - Average White Band (1)
"Best of My Love" - Eagles (1)
"Have You Never Been Mellow" - Olivia Newton-John (1)
"Black Water" - The Doobie Brothers (1)
"My Eyes Adored You" - Frankie Valli (1)
"Lady Marmalade" - Labelle (1)
"Lovin' You" - Minnie Riperton (1)
"Philadelphia Freedom" - Elton John (2)
"(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" - B. J. Thomas (1)
"He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando and Dawn (3)
"Shining Star" - Earth, Wind & Fire (1)
"Before the Next Teardrop Falls" - Freddy Fender (1)
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" - John Denver (1)
"Sister Golden Hair" - America (1)
"Love Will Keep Us Together" - Captain & Tennille (4)
"Listen to What the Man Said" - Paul McCartney & Wings (1)
"The Hustle" - Van McCoy (1)
"One of These Nights" - Eagles (1)
"Jive Talkin'" - Bee Gees (2)
"Fallin' in Love" - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds (1)
"Get Down Tonight" - KC and the Sunshine Band (1)
"Rhinestone Cowboy" - Glen Campbell (2)
"Fame" - David Bowie (2)
"I'm Sorry" - John Denver (1)
"Bad Blood" - Neil Sedaka (3)
"Island Girl" - Elton John (3)
"That's the Way (I Like It) - KC and the Sunshine Band (2)
"Fly, Robin, Fly" - Silver Convention (3)
"Let's Do It Again"- The Staple Singers (1)

"Lonely This Christmas" - Mud (2 weeks 1974 + 2 weeks 1975)
"Down Down" - Status Quo (1)
"Ms Grace" - The Tymes (1)
"January" - Pilot (3)
"Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel (2)
"If" - Telly Savalas (2)
"Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye)" - Bay City Rollers (6)
"Oh Boy" - Mud (2)
"Stand by Your Man" - Tammy Wynette (3)
"Whispering Grass" - Windsor Davies & Don Estelle (3)
"I'm Not in Love" - 10cc (2)
"Tears on My Pillow (I Can't Take It)" - Johnny Nash (1)
"Give a Little Love" - Bay City Rollers (3)
"Barbados" - Typically Tropical (1)
"Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" - The Stylistics (3)
"Sailing" - Rod Stewart (4)
"Hold Me Close" - David Essex (3)
"I Only Have Eyes for You" - Art Garfunkel (2)
"Space Oddity" - David Bowie (2)
"D.I.V.O.R.C.E." - Billy Connolly (1)
"Bohemian Rhapsody" - Queen (5 weeks 1975 + 4 weeks 1976)

Note: best sellers of the year are bold.

Other significant singles[edit]

Published popular music[edit]

Classical music[edit]

Opera[edit]

Musical theatre[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Country Music Association Awards[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Leeds International Piano Competition[edit]

Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship[edit]